“Those first few months after the accident, I was losing the battle. And then I tied my first fly.” It’s no secret that fly fishing not only changes lives but saves them as well. Fly fishing has helped disabled veterans with PTSD, people combat depression, and troubled youth find a creative outlet. There is just something…

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In Virginia, swaths of forest hundreds of miles long are being clearcut for pipeline corridors, drawing protests from Virginians across the political spectrum. Pipeline construction crews are bulldozing a path across Jefferson National Forest and blasting under the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail. Could similar pipelines be routed through North Carolina’s Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest…

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I live in Asheville, a mile north of the Blue Ridge Outdoors downtown office. Every chance I get, I ride my single-speed to work. It takes about five minutes to climb the hill through my neighborhood, bomb Central Ave. into downtown, and meander through about five city blocks to the front door of our building…

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Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is proud to present the 23rd Annual Blue Ridge Burn on Saturday, October 6, 2018! It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate the changing of the seasons by hitting the trails for the annual Blue Ridge Burn trail run. This race is part of a host of events taking place at…

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Swamp Rabbit Inn Greenville

With two locations, a bike rental shop, and a cycling app, the Swamp Rabbit Inn is changing the way cyclists do Greenville. This is not your traditional BnB. It’s hot in Greenville, S.C., today. My plan of riding 20 miles on the Swamp Rabbit Trail melting away as the mercury rises. Instead, I get to…

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Update: As of 1:11 p.m., Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm with winds near 130 mph. As of 11 a.m. on September 10, Hurricane Florence is officially a Category 3 storm, poised to hit our region as a Category 4 by Thursday morning. Governers for South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have declared…

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Recover Brands Sport Polo

Western North Carolina is home to some of the most innovative brands in the outdoor industry—including Recover Brands, a company that is raising the bar for sustainability in outdoor apparel. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Johnston, co-founder of Recover Brands in April at an event hosted by the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC.…

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wastewater drainage nets

In a trial run, over 800 pounds of garbage has been retained, recycled, and composted. Trash is, unfortunately, an all to common sight across our region. Whether you’re hiking a remote backwoods river or fishing a local stream, it follows us everywhere. Bottles, bags, fishing line, wrappers, you name it, it’s everywhere. All we can…

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Yesterday was World Photography Day. We missed it. I missed it, but for a good reason. It was Sunday, I was off, and I was taking photos. These days, every day is a holiday. There is a pancake day, cat day, and I can only assume a Zucchini day, (There is. I just Googled it and…

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What do you do when a loaded raft is barreling down the river at you? Lean back, hold on, and ride it out bro! Prior to my move to Southern Appalachia, I spent six years of my life surfing in North Florida. Surfers are a tough and annoyingly proud breed. We pretend we own the…

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The brainchild of a specialist British design and engineering company, these stunning new wheels and forks were created to ride the road less traveled. Meet Aera Components, the new British-based manufacturer of carbon fiber forks and wheels for road bikes. With a focus on performance and reliability, you can’t avoid how good they look! They are strikingly…

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Located near to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Patrick County, Virginia, FloydFest has become a constant on the calendars of outdoor lovers and festival-goers from across the region. Every year, FloydFest features a mind-blowing lineup of musicians in one of the most picture-perfect Blue Ridge Mountain settings. Musical amazingness aside, FloydFest takes full advantage of its…

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Shawn Cassel of Snowshoe Mountain and Brice Shirbach of Pinkbike collaborated to make this short film about riding the deepest and darkest trails from the legendary East Coast MTB resort. When the snow melts on Snowshoe, the bike park comes to life, offering nearly 40 trails and 1,500 feet of descent to riders of all skill…

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Sugar Mountain Bike Park

On June 30, and after a $300,000 investment, Sugar Mountain has reopened its doors to mountain bikers. Along with their classic technical terrain, the park features newly built beginner and intermediate trail systems. Wide open berms, rollers, tabletops, rock gardens, and drops pose unique challenges for riders at Sugar Mountain. Every trail features multiple line options and…

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PostFly Box subscription box

What do beef, razors, clothing, bacon, carnivorous plants, and fly fishing gear have in common? You can get boxes of them delivered to your door every month. It’s a fascinating time we live in. While subscription boxes aren’t a new thing, a number of fly fishing companies have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years,…

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